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Pittodrie Stadium gets ready to witness the second leg of the Europa League play-off match between Aberdeen and Hacken on Wednesday night. The tie cannot be more delicately poised ahead of the second leg, as the two teams shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw after the first. Aberdeen, though, were the happier of the two teams after the first leg, as they came back from 2-0 down to give themselves a fighting chance of progressing to the group stages. Hacken’s morale has taken in damaging hit after dropping a two-goal lead and seeing a player sent off in injury time.
Aberdeen vs Hacken Predicted Lineups and News
Aberdeen – Can Aberdeen Seal a First Group Stage Appearance?
Aberdeen have faced a string of exits in the third round of the Europa League qualifiers up until now. However, the team has reached the play-offs for the first time. They are now hoping to make it to the group stages for the first time. Aberdeen have never experienced any group stage of a European competition. Barry Robson will be delighted to play this crucial match on home soil rather than anywhere else.
Team news: Aberdeen
Rhys Williams is the major injury worry for Aberdeen. The player is still suffering from a back injury that will keep him out of the game. Angus MacDonald has made a successful recovery from a knee injury and he has been featuring in the last couple of games. However, Aberdeen boss Barry Robson could decide to give MacDonald a break. There have been plenty of transfer interest surrounding Bojan Miovski but Aberdeen are expected to include the player in the starting line-up.
Aberdeen Predicted Lineups (3-4-1-2):
Kelle Roos, Nicky Devlin, Slobodan Rubezic, Jack MacKenzie, Graeme Shinnie, Dante Polvara, Leighton Clarkson, Ryan Duncan, Bojan Miovski, Duk, Shayden Morris
Hacken – More Defensive Woes for the Visitors?
Hacken are likely to be down in terms of morale and confidence after throwing away a 2-0 lead in the first leg. Hacken appeared to be cruising towards a comfortable victory and putting themselves within touching distance of the group stages. Now, the Swedish team have to do it all over again. There will be plenty of self-doubts within the Hacken squad after shipping over 1.5 goals in three consecutive matches.
Team news: Hacken
Hacken come into the game without Johan Hammar who will be suspended for the game after picking up a second yellow card in the dying minutes of the first leg match. This will force some changes in the starting line-up for Per-Mathias Høgmo. However, the response to news for Hacken in the form of Simon Gustafson recovering from his thigh injury to feature in the last game. Ibrahim Sadiq will continue to lead the attack for Hacken and he remains the top scorer for the team with 12 goals.
Hacken Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):
Peter Abrahamsson, Even Hovland, Simon Sandberg, Johan Hammar, Lunddal Fridriksson, Mikkel Rygaard, Samuel Gustafson, Romeo Amane, Amor Layouni , Ibrahim Sadiq, Sran Hrstic
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